With less than three weeks to go to Ireland’s second annual blog award ceremony, The Dreaming Arm has been nominated in the best arts & culture blog category. I’m facing some stiff competition as there is a very high standard of blogging out there. So may the best blogs win!
The full list of nominations can be viewed here.
To vote for the blogs of your choice go here.
I plan to be there at the Alexander Hotel on Saturday, 3rd March and look forward to meeting some fellow bloggers.
By chance I came across a piece in that reactionary rag known as the Irish Independent (“I’m a victim. See my gig”, 13 February). It’s the usual Indo fayre in the features section where the rottweiler barks loudly against anything they disapprove of, but fails to come up with any solutions or have anything good to say about anything. The article starts off by castigating the singer Mary Coughlan for allegedly wallowing in her own victimhood to publicise her gig. It then has a pop at a campaign initiated by pro-Palestinain activists to boycott Israeli diamonds. A campaign, which began in Galway, which the writer in his/her own infinite smugness describes as “Ireland’s most annoyingly smug city”. While I would not lend support to such a campaign (however people in Galway may want to start a boycott the Indo campaign), I am in favour of newspaper journalists getting their facts right. And I quote:
I suppose the simple fact that Antwerp is in Belgium is neither here nor there either.